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Center for Child Development Team

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Our skilled pediatric team is here to help parents understand and navigate the challenges of parenthood as it relates to a child’s physical, neuromotor, emotional, psychosocial and behavioral development. Our goal is to be a medical management and resource team for your child's needs. The staff is also committed to family, professional and community education about these issues. If your child has a developmental, learning, or behavioral problem, our developmental behavioral pediatrician and certified nurse practitioners have the training and expertise to evaluate and care for your child. Developmental behavioral specialists possess training and experience to consider, in their assessments and treatments, the medical and psychosocial aspects of children’s and adolescents’ developmental and behavioral problems.

Mission and Values

We believe that an excellent provider-patient-parent relationship and proper diagnosis is the key to treating children with developmental, behavioral, social and academic difficulties.

Our mission is to improve children’s lives by helping them to achieve their best potential. As part of this process, we work closely with the child, the parents and the teachers. We make every effort to help children and their parents understand their condition and its management. This decisive part is only achieved by our staff being able to answer questions at any time and maintaining a close follow-up with our patients.

Emily K. Forrest, MD

Dr. Forrest is board certified in pediatrics and board certified in developmental behavioral pediatrics. She is committed to delivering unique, personalized service and excellent professional care for children, adolescents and their families.

Jeannie S. Johnson, ARNP, CPNP, PMHS

Jeannie S. Johnson is a board certified pediatric and mental health nurse practitioner specializing in developmental and behavioral disorders. Jeannie specializes in the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and the developmental follow up of premature infants.

Rashonda R. Musawwir, ARNP, CPNP

Rashonda R. Musawwir completed her undergraduate education at the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from her alma mater, ultimately receiving a board certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner, as well as training in autism diagnostic observation.